HOPE (Eating Disorders Program) – Eastern Health


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If you’d like to donate to the The HOPE Program please call the Health Care Foundation at 777-5901 or 777-5926 and advise that the donation is to be made to The Hope Program located on Majors Path.

35 Major’s Path, Suite 101
St. John’s, NL A1A 4Z9

Tel: (709) 777-2041             Fax: (709) 777-2042
Website: http://www.easternhealth.ca/WebInWeb.aspx?d=2&id=352&p=2106


To help individuals change eating disorder symptoms, challenge thoughts and behaviors, and develop new means of coping with everyday stressors.

Target Population:

Individuals 15+ who meet the criteria for an Eating Disorder as described in the DSM-V, i.e. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or other specified eating disorder; excluding binge eating, night eating related disorders, or avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder.

  • The client must be aware of his/her referral to the program and agree to participate in therapy.
  • The client must be medically stable as per Eastern Health’s guidelines.
  • We do not accept referrals for eating difficulties (e.g. fear of swallowing, weight loss management).
  • Individual services can be provided for those following a vegan diet.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • The HOPE Eating Disorders Program is an outpatient day treatment program. The program incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to offer group therapy, individual therapy, meal support and family support.
    • Clinicians include: Dietitians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, and Physiotherapists.
    • In addition, the program has a part-time family physician, and a consulting psychiatrist and pediatrician.
  • The treatment goals are individualized according to the needs of the client and may include the following:
    • Develop a healthy lifestyle
    • Improve relationship with food
    • Explore alternative coping strategies
    • Create/Improve healthy interpersonal relationships
    • Improve sense of self-worth and body esteem
    • Facilitate effective communication between clients and their loved ones
  • The program strives to provide a trusting, supportive and consistent environment for individuals and their families on their journey to wellness.
  • A physician referral and follow-up is required during participation in the HOPE program.
    • For clients 18+, the referring physician will complete the Mental Health and Addictions Referral Form.
    • Clients under 18 will be assessed by the Adolescent Medicine Team and referred to the HOPE program, if appropriate.